IoTAA was incorporated as a not-for-profit entity in July 2016. It emerged from the Communications Alliance IoT Think Tank, established in 2015. IoTAA is hosted and supported by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) at its Broadway Campus in Sydney.
The organisation says it now has over 450 members from approximately 200 organisations across its six workstreams: Collaboration; Smart industries and cities; Open data and privacy; Spectrum availability and licensing; Cyber security and network resilience; IoT start-up Innovation.
Gavin Smith, the president and chair of the local subsidiary of Robert Bosch Australia, the local subsidiary of the global Bosch group, has been appointed as the first chair of IoTAA.
He said the key challenge for the organisation was “to encourage understanding and collaboration across industry, government, research and communities,” adding: “Only by doing this will we accelerate IoT innovation and adoption, and contribute to economic prosperity and social benefit in Australia.”
Other board members are:
Professor Bronwyn Harch, executive director of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and Professor of Applied Statistical Science at Queensland University of Technology.
Dr Mike Briers AO: Australia’s first Industry Professor of IoT at the University of Technology Sydney, a co-founder IOTAA and a director and cofounder of Hypercat Australia, the organisation recently created to promote the UK developed Hypercat standard for interoperability in IoT, particularly in support of development of smart cities.
Johanna Plante: chair of Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, (ACCAN) who has previously held roles at the ACCC; ACMA (now Communications Alliance); Telstra and the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council.
Nicole Lockwood: principal of Lockwood Advisory, a member of the Water Corporation, Tourism WA and Infrastructure Australia boards and chair of the Freight and Logistics Council.
Stuart Waite: start-up investor, advisor, entrepreneur and digital transformation consultant with over 20 years’ experience in digital media.
Warren Lemmens, who has 35 years ICT industry experience across the Asia Pacific region and who is a specialist in digital connectedness and working with ICT dependent businesses.
More on the Board can be found at http://www.iot.org.au/board/.